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Topic - Nigel Redden
The Spoleto Festival USA opens its 36th season Friday and among the planned performances is an opera by American composer Philip Glass to commemorate his 75th birthday and his long relationship with the internationally known arts festival.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has to be considered a very gracious houseguest. Not only has this English troupe arrived in New York to show off five of its productions with its own actors and costumes, it has also brought its own theater.
"We had been talking about various different things and this seemed the most appropriate," said festival General Director Nigel Redden, who first met the composer 40 years ago.
"This festival was founded by a composer and we feel increasingly it's desirable to have composers here," Redden said.